September 26, 2015 By Charles Gattis
This month is an open competition, so present your best images. Patrick Oden will be our judge, and you can find information about Patrick as well as a link to his work on our website under “Judges Corner” in the Gallery section.
September 24, 2015 By cesewall
Due to a scheduling conflict with the Library, we have to move our September competition meeting. Our meeting will now be on TUESDAY, 9/29, still at 7:00PM. I apologize for this inconvenience, but it could not be avoided. See you TUESDAY evening!
August 28, 2015 By Charles Gattis
It’s the time of year for us to begin thinking about competition topics for 2016. If you have a topic you want the board to consider, please send it to Charles Gattis – firstname.lastname@example.org.
August 28, 2015 By Charles Gattis
We a glad to have Barry Jackson to judge our competition on September 28. Many of our HPS members know Barry well since he has been part of our photographic community since the late ’80″s, but perhaps you are not familiar with all that he has done or accomplished over the years.
Barry was born and currently lives in the hills of southern middle Tennessee but he feels a strong connection to Alabama. His dad was from Ragland, Alabama where the Jackson families had resided since before Alabama became a state. He studied photography at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro. Harold Baldwin and the Photographic Gallery Mr. Baldwin started inspired Barry to pursue photography as art.
He sold his photographs at art shows for 30 years before taking a break in 2011. Since then he spent three years as an apple care technical advisor. Barry plans to return to the art show circuit next spring.
Barry has received numerous awards for his photography, but he says that some of the awards he is most proud of are his HPS ones. He became a fellow in 1991. Bronze, Silver and Gold status was awarded in 1992 and Master’s status was awarded in 1993. He received the President’s Award in 1992, 1995, 1999, 2000, 2001, and 2002. Barry received black and white print of the year awards in 1991, 1994, 2000, and 2002; and color print of the year awards in 1994, 1999, and 2001. In 2011 Barry received the HPS Lifetime Honorary Member award.
In his art show career he won several Best of Show and other awards.
His photographs are in the permanent collection at The Tennessee State Museum in Nashville, MTSU Photographic gallery in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and the Tennessee Valley Art Museum in Tuscumbia. The most prestigious recognitions are probably his photographs that are in the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas in Houston. The Harry Ransom Center has one of the largest collections in the world, including the first photograph ever made.
Barry says, “With my photography as artwork I am trying to share with you my wonderment with life. My subjects are as varied as life itself. I love the animate or the inanimate, nature or industrial, new or old, action or rest, day or night. I love to extend time or to freeze it. I love that we can hold in our hand and view a moment in time.”
Barry feels honored to be asked to judge and will make comments while he is judging about the thought processes behind his decisions.
For more information and a chance to see a sample of Barry’s photographs, his website is www.barryjacksonphotography.com
July 28, 2015 By Charles Gattis
Monica Martin began her career as a professional photographer in 1988. With her studio located in Guntersville, she has supported clients all across Northern Alabama. She has varied experiences and expertise in portrait, commercial, and architectural photography. Monica was our judge in 2012 on the subject of “Barns” and in 2010 for “Reflections.” She is excited about our August competition and especially the subject, “Faces in Objects.”
July 5, 2015 By admin
“Hit Me With Your Best Shot”
Our July program is going to be one that everyone can participate in. This is an opportunity to showcase some of your best work. All you have to do is pick out some of your favorite photos and share them during our meeting on July 13th. There is no category or any limitations at all. Photoshop or any other post processing creativity is encouraged. Anything goes!
Your photos will appear in a slide show during our meeting for all to enjoy.
I would like you to discuss:
Camera type, Lens Type, f-stop, Shutter speed, Tripod, Filters, Etc.
What were your thoughts about the photo that you were about to create? Did you use any special equipment (fill flash, diffusers, etc.)? Did you use a certain depth-of-field, selective focus, shutter speed to stop the action, etc.?
Did you use Photoshop, Lightroom or other post processing software? If so, what did you apply to this photo and why?
I need lots of people to participate to make this program a success. It doesn’t matter if you are
a pro or a beginner. Everyone has a few favorite photos and now is the time to share them. I would like everyone to share at least 2-3 photos. This is not a competition. It is just for fun!
Please submit your digital photos to email@example.com no later than July 10th. Use the same method that you use to submit a competition photo.
*You may submit more than three photos if you wish, and we will show those at the end of the presentation if time permits.
May 15, 2015 By admin
April 10, 2015 By admin
April Program: Improving Your Springtime Photos with Cecil Holmes.
It’s finally getting a little warmer. Spring flowers are beginning to come from the ground. I hear birds singing. This can only mean one thing: Spring is finally arriving! It’s time to dust off those cameras and lens that have been gathering dust all winter and get out there and shoot something. Cecil Holmes is going to be our guest speaker on April 13th and he is going to share some of his tips and techniques to help this be your best year of spring photos yet. Cecil is coming to us fresh off a spring shooting excursion that has taken him from Charlotte, NC to St. Augustine, FL. Expect him to have some great new landscapes, nature and animal shots to share and talk about. I understand that some of his targets include shore birds and alligators. Not at the same time, I hope.
Cecil is a widely published, self-taught outdoor photographer and workshop instructor based in North Alabama. His passion for nature and fine art drive his quest to capture the moods, characters and spirits of some wonderful and amazing locations. Cecil states, “I think photography says as much about the photographer as it does the photograph, so I strive to show you a little about myself and my view of the world in each image I share.”
Some of his published credits and clients include Nature Photographer, Vanguard Photo, American Alpine Club Library and Tamron Lenses.
Cecil teaches small, field based workshops and also offers classroom based instruction near his home. He comes from an IT background so his teaching methods reflect getting a fabulous image at the point of capture and then enhancing that in the digital darkroom.
You can check out his web site at www.cecilsphotos.com.
Join us for this fun and educational program on April 13th. I know I’ll be there.
March 26, 2015 By Charles Gattis
Jose Betancourt will be or judge for the category of “Shadows and Silhouettes,” on April 27, 2015. Jose is professor art at the University of Alabama, Huntsville. His speciality is photography. With degrees from Hunter College and the University of South Florida, he teaches classes in Photography:Introduction, Photography: Experimental and Historical 1, and Photography: Documentary 1. In his biography, he says:
I consider music a large influence in my photographic style. Rhythm, time, silence and syncopation are all a part of my work. My studies in jazz improvisation in college along with the study of the documentary genre of modern photography have inspired me to continue a spontaneous style of taking photographs. Photographers such as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Lee Friedlander, Garry Winogrand, Andre Kertesz, and Robert Frank contributed to my interest and appealed to my sense for the spontaneous. The results were photographs about how we all relate to our environment both physically and psychologically. This later developed into more complex compositions of the juxtapositions of shapes, objects and people. These more graphic formal photographs became about environment and space which would become part of my half-frame camera panoramas.
The half-frame camera became an instrument that could allow me to establish a scene of consecutive frames to form a panorama. This technique facilitates my interest in the spontaneous happening and attempts to address the notions of time and space. When printing multiple frames, the viewer experiences a familiar scene but after further inspection notices the single images that form the altered panoramic view. This is especially true of the “Half-Seen” series where the locations are different between groups of three or four frames. These examples are more complex for me, the photographer, because there is a certain loss of control due to the in-camera editing.
You will find copies of his work at http://josebetancourt.com/. We welcome Jose once again as our judge for April.